On Friday the Raiders made the inevitable a reality as Hiram Eugene was placed on injured-reserve. The part-time started and full-time special teams contributor was injured in the first preseason game against the Cardinals. As Steve Corkran points out the real irony is that Eugene dislocated his hip on a play that should have never occurred.
One of the more talked about moments of the preseason was the opening coin toss against the Cardinals in which the Raiders were said to a have chosen to kick the start the game instead of indicating they wished to receive to start the second half. As a result Oakland kicked twice, once to start the game and then again to begin the second half.
No matter the circumstances Eugene’s injury leave s the secondary a little thinner as now Stevie Brown will have an expanded role while Mike Mitchell remains inactive with an undisclosed injury.
Prior to the lockout the Raiders inked Eugene to a 4-year deal. As an undrafted free agent Eugene has gotten the most out of his talents. Hopefully the procedure he underwent for his hip injury will help prevent any complications going forward.